Eventually, PeopleSoft’s

On Friday, two University officials estimated that the PeopleSoft computer system will be nearly $18 million over its 1996 proposed budget. This is not the first increase in the software’s price, as its bill has been rising ever since the University began using the system last spring for fall registration. Additionally, computer glitches drastically slowed down the time it took students to register, and despite hopes that the bugs had been fixed, the problems persisted through the end of the year, disrupting financial-aid disbursements and spring registration. Although PeopleSoft has won few friends at the University thus far and the company ought to offer further assistance beyond fixing the errors, as its performance improves over the next few years, PeopleSoft will prove a worthy investment.
University officials signed the contract with PeopleSoft in the fall of 1996, hoping to both replace its aging, 20-year-old computer system in time for the year 2000 transition and integrate eight separate systems into one “nice, clean-style data source,” said Steve Cawley, assistant vice president in the Office of Information Technology.
Many students have said the old system was much easier and faster than PeopleSoft has been so far. However, Cawley pointed out that the high performance of the old system was the result of 20 years of tweaking and tuning. Within several years, students and administrators will appreciate PeopleSoft as it rivals the former registration system in convenience and speed and streamlines most of the University’s computer system.

Lands to build legacy

President Clinton has continued his work toward a preservationist legacy by offering the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources two grants worth $1.3 million to protect threatened forest areas. Although Clinton might have his own legacy in mind with this act, his efforts to preserve Minnesota’s natural lands should be commended.
A $678,000 Forest Legacy Grant will help the DNR purchase 593 acres of Big Woods Heritage Forest in southeastern Minnesota. With a 128-acre donation from a couple in Rice County, 721 acres of a forest that once covered much of the state will be preserved. Another $668,000 will be used to acquire parks, wildlife habitat and nature preserves.
In the closing years of a presidency, much is done to leave behind warm and fuzzy reminders of a job well done. President Clinton might be in search of a legacy for future Americans to remember his presidency by, rather than his infamous sexual exploits with an intern. While an exiting president might have unethical intentions in spreading around federal dollars, the results can often make the political motivation worthwhile. The newly preserved lands will surely be a legacy enjoyed by current and future Minnesotans.